Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5S AH

Spec Challenge: Samsung Galaxy S5 VS. iPhone 5S

February 25, 2014 - Written By Orlando Lambert


Powerful smartphones are becoming a dime a dozen these days. The companies that manufacture these phones have to spend a great deal of time upgrading them every year to make them better and more relevant to the other competition on the market. Samsung and Apple have been pushing the bar higher and higher and opening up the throttle to give consumers bigger and better screens and more and more power under the hood. With the latest announcements from Samsung showing that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the new flagship, we can expect that the iPhone 5s we’ll see increased pressure from the Android faithful and Samsung faithful communities.

With that in mind, when most people consider a phone, they look at its specifications. More precisely, what can it do now that it couldn’t do before and what features have been improved on? Why buy a smart phone if it is not making every effort to be “smart” right? So with this latest release from Samsung, let’s take a look at what makes this phone just as good, better or worse than Apple’s flagship, the iPhone 5s.

Firstly, let me touch on some of the specifications that will matter to consumers and those that are looking to seriously invest in the new Samsung Galaxy phone. Samsung is coming to the table with a 5.1-inch 1920 by 1080 432 ppi screen. For those that love a large screen this should grab the attention of iPhone users who are stuck at an 1136 by 630 4-inch screen. The FHD Super AMOLED screen should catch even the most discerning eye and make quite a few turn their heads. The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes in 16 gigabyte and 32 gigabyte storage sizes with up to 128 gigabytes through the use of a MicroSD card. The iPhone 5s only comes up to a 64 gigabyte storage. The Samsung Galaxy S5 boasts a 16 megapixel camera while the iPhone 5s only pushes 8 megapixels. Both phones have a 2 megapixel front facing camera. Both phones are also 4G LTE capable. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is in-fact NFC capable while the iPhone 5s is not. I am not sure if this is a deal breaker for some consumers but time will tell. There are a lot more specs to be compared. Take a look over the chart below to see more of what stands out between the two phones.

 

 Galaxy S5
iPhone 5S
DISPLAY SPECS 5.1-inch, 1920 x 1080 432 ppi) 4-inch 1136 x 640 (326 ppi)
DISPLAY TYPE FHD Super AMOLED Retina Display
OPERATING SYSTEM Android 4.4.2 KitKat (at launch) iOS 7
PROCESSOR 2.5GHz Quad core application processor Apple A7 (64-bit), M7 Motion Coprocessor
RAM 2GB
STORAGE
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
EXTERNAL STORAGE Micro SD up to 128GB No
MAIN CAMERA (BACK)
  • 16 MP
  • UHD@30fps, HDR, video stabilization
8 megapixels with 1.5µ pixels, Æ’/2.2 aperture, Sapphire crystal lens cover, True Tone flash
SECONDARY CAMERA (FRONT) 2 MP 2 MP
NETWORK LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)
  • Model A1533 (GSM)*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1533 (CDMA)*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1453*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
  • Model A1457*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)
  • Model A1530*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20); TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40)
WI-FI WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2—2) 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
BLUETOOTH Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+ Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
BATTERY
  • 2800mAh
  • Standby time: 390 hrs
  • Talk time: 21 hrs
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 250 hours
NFC Yes No
CONNECTIVITY
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning Connector
SENSORS
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gesture
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Proximity
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
GPS Pending Confirmation
  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS
  • Digital Compass
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cellular
HEIGHT 5.59 inches (142.0 mm) 4.87 inches (123.8 mm)
WIDTH 2.84 inches (72.5 mm) 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
DEPTH 0.32 inches (8.1 mm) 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)
WEIGHT 5.11 ounces (145 grams) 3.95 ounces (112 grams)
COLORS Black, Blue, Gold, White Black, White
SUPPORTED AUDIO FORMATS Audio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/ AAC+/ eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
Audio Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
SUPPORTED VIDEO FORMATS Video Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
Video Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

So after taking a look at all of that good stuff in the comparison and seeing what the new Samsung Galaxy S5 can do, what do you think folks? Ultimately a phone choice is completely up to the consumer, but I’m biased to Android phones and Samsung has definitely come out with a winner this MWC. What are your thoughts? Leave your interesting comments in the section below or on our Facebook, Twitter or Google + pages. Keep it locked to Android Headlines for more news and reviews.